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Starring: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgard, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Lance Reddick, Rina Sawayama, Scott Adkins, Ian McShane, Clancy Brown
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Action thriller sequel directed by Chad Stahelski. John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) (also known as JW4) continues the exploration of the adventures, harrowing experiences, and exploits of legendary hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves). With the price on his head ever increasing, Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Osaka to Berlin.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Those who cling to death, live. Those who cling to life, die.' - John Wick, Caine (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
Bowery King: “I am the way into the city of woe. I am the way into eternal pain. I am the way to go among the lost. Before me, there were no created things. But those that last forever. As do I! Abandon all hope you who are about to enter here.” You are now in the presence of the m**herf***ing king!
Bowery King: You ready, John?
John Wick: Yeah.
The Elder: None of us can escape who we are, and no one escapes The Table. And the only way John Wick will ever have freedom, or peace, now or ever, is in death.
John Wick: I know.
The Elder: I’m afraid you’ve come a very long way for nothing.
John Wick: Yeah. Not really.
[he shoots and kills the Elder]
Winston: [to Charon] The decree is signed by the twelve members of The Table, giving the Marquis the power of autem imperator, which means he is now our judge, jury, and… Evacuate the hotel.
'This will not be pleasant.' - Winston, 'Such is life, sir.' - Charon (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
Winston: Ned Kelly’s final words as the hangman slipped the noose around his neck were, Such is life. Such is life.” Can you imagine the acceptance, the defiance?
Charon: Today is not the day you will die. Of that, I am sure.
Winston: You have the unshakeable faith of David, my friend, but you shouldn’t be here. This will not be pleasant.
Charon: Such is life, sir.
Marquis: My father used to say, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Called it the first and the last rule of life. You believe in rules, Mr. Manager?
Winston: Oh, I do.
Marquis: And what of consequences?
Winston: Of course. And second chances.
Marquis: Ah. That’s where we differ, you and I. Second chances are the refuge of men who fail.
Winston: [referring to John] I shot him.
Marquis: And yet he lives, polluting everything he touches.
Marquis: We’re not here because of John Wick! He is simply the face of your failure, Mr. Manager. The sand in that glass is merely an echo of my remaining patience.
'Friendship means little when it's convenient.' - Shimazu (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
Marquis: [to Winston] You are no longer New York. You are nothing. You are Excommunicado. And as such, you no longer need the services of a concierge.
[he shoots Charon]
Charon: [to Winston] It has been an honor, my friend.
Winston: [after Charon dies] It should have been me.
Marquis: Yes. But it wasn’t. Now, you think about why that is, and perhaps one of us will have benefited from this conversation.
Caine: John Wick has few friends remaining in the world, and even fewer he trusts with his life.
'A good death only comes after a good life.' - Shimazu (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
Akira: [referring to the dog] I’m afraid this facility doesn’t allow animals.
Tracker: Emotional support animal.
Akira: She’s your support animal?
Tracker: Other way round. I’m hers. Isn’t that right?
Akira: Your relationship with Mr. Wick is no secret. The Table will come.
Shimazu: And will be met with our grace.
Akira: Everything he touches dies.
Shimazu: [to John] Have you given any thought to where this ends? The Table will never stop. You know this. It only takes life and only gives death.
Shimazu: The only path this leads to is death.
John Wick: I’m going to kill them all.
Shimazu: I believe you’ll try. But no one, not even you, can kill everyone. You want to die? That’s your choice. A good death only comes after a good life.
John Wick: You and I left a good life behind a long time ago, my friend.
Shimazu: Fools talk. Cowards are silent. But wise men listen.
Caine: So which one will you be?
'You don't need eyes to see the right path.' - Shimazu (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
Caine: You know, we don’t have to end this with blood.
Shimazu: Then leave.
Caine: No one defies The Table. I remember once you understood that.
Shimazu: And I remember a time when you understood the meaning of brotherhood.
Akira: [to John] If they find you here, The Table will kill my father, me, everyone, because you broke the rules. You shouldn’t have come.
John Wick: They gave you my name.
John Wick: I’m sorry.
Caine: Me too.
Caine: You should have stayed out. For all our sakes.
John Wick: I tried.
Caine: Did you?
'Fools talk. Cowards are silent. But wise men listen.' - Shimazu (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
John Wick: You took a deal.
Caine: Same as you, John.
John Wick: Family?
Caine: [after they shoot at each other] You dead, John?
Tracker: Damn, Johnny. This is quite the mess you’ve made.
John Wick: I don’t know you.
Tracker: But I know you.
Tracker: I need you to take better care of yourself, Johnny. Because we’re in this together now.
'Coyness is a pathetic trait. A miscalculation, in which by trying to hide our ego, we let it appear stark naked.' - Marquis (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
Caine: Even a blind man knows you have lost.
Shimazu: And, Caine, you don’t need eyes to see the right path.
Caine: Just take care of your daughter.
Shimazu: I am.
Caine: [to Akira, after he kills Shimazu and spares her life] I’ll be waiting for you.
Akira: [referring to Caine] My father is dead because of you. Because of what you did. So either you kill him, or I will.
John Wick: I understand.
'How you do anything is how you do everything.' - Winston (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
Winston: Thanks for coming.
Bowery King: Well, us homeless folk do have to stick together now, don’t we?
Winston: [referring to John] I need to speak to him.
Bowery King: Last time you spoke to him, you shot him off a roof.
Winston: I had no choice. They held all the cards.
Bowery King: No. But who held the gun?
Bowery King: Oh, my dear Winston, your benevolence is touching. But tell me. Tell me true. Why did the Frenchman let you live?
Winston: Killing a man can turn him into a martyr. Letting him live, tells the world he’s a cowardor a turncoat.
Bowery King: So what are you?
'A man without purpose is nothing.' - Marquis (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
Marquis: This campaign is not to kill John Wick. It is to kill the idea of John Wick. And to do that, I must destroy everything that idea touches.
Marquis: And you are?
Marquis: Coyness, Mr. Nobody, is a pathetic trait. A miscalculation, in which by trying to hide our ego, we let it appear stark naked.
Marquis: We found him once. We’ll find him again.
Tracker: Is that before or after he puts you in the ground?
'A man has to look his best when it's time to get married. Or buried.' - Bowery King (John Wick: Chapter 4) Click To Tweet
Tracker: [as Marquis stabs his hand with a knife] What the f*** is this, man?
Marquis: A choice. You can pull the knife out, or you can pull your hand out. One shows me a man committed only to himself, and the other, a man committed to the cause. Which one are you?
John Wick: [referring to Charon] My condolences. He was a good man.
Winston: Yes, he was. Taken for our sins.
John Wick: Who is this?
Winston: The Marquis de Gramont. Elevated only by his guarantee of killing you. All the resources of The Table are at his disposal.